Anxiety is a tough affliction to deal for many. If your anxiety is chronic and severe enough – it could feel never-ending.
Your heart races, adrenaline and stress hormones flood through your arteries, your muscles become tight, your breathing changes… as drastic and terrible thoughts of bad future outcomes race through your.
Everything that is good and pleasant in life gets ruined as your brain desperately searches different “worst possible case scenarios” and plots of ways it could avoid each one.
Researchers have recently discovered how the brain turns chronic stress into pathological anxiety.
The body makes its own natural cananbinoid neurotransmitters, called endocannabinoids: anadamide and 2-AG. These internal cannabinoids are chemical messengers that help us to eat, sleep, relax, forget & protect.
Chronic stress depletes the body’s anadamide (AEA) levels — by increasing an enzyme called FAAH which breaks anadamide down [R].
If this happens too much, your natural cannabinoid levels can stay depleted and this may lead to constant anxiety and lowered ability to tolerate stress [R].
Taking cannabidiol (CBD) causes a significant increase in anadamide levels [R].
Treating Anxiety with CBD
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis & hops plants.
CBD has anti-inflammatory [R], anti-anxiety and pain relieving properties [R].
CBD does not cure the psychological or biological root causes of anxiety, but it can offer temporary relief from the symptoms.
Unlike the THC, CBD does not have mind-twisting “psychedelic” effects and does not typically cause anxiety or paranoia [R].
Since 2008, breeders have focused on creating CBD-dominant “hemp” plants that have strong medical properties but minimal intoxicating effects.
CBD-rich hemp extracts have been sold in the USA as a natural supplement since 2014.
Best Types of CBD Supplements for Anxiety
It’s the wild west out there when it comes to CBD products on the market today!
The market changes every day with different types of CBD and numerous brands to choose from.
It has taken me a long time to investigate products that are high quality and safe. Before you spend your hard-earned money, here are a few recommendations that may help you chose a product that will benefit you.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
Full spectrum CBD oil is an oral tincture that contains concentrated amounts of CBD, along with a natural range of other cannabinoids such as CBDv, THC, THCv, CBG, CBN.
In the USA, full spectrum oils contain less than 0.3% THC making it legal in all 50 states.
Full spectrum is better that a pure isolate which only contains CBD.
This is actually low-THC marijuana. It technically contains less than 0.3% THC, but in reality it often contains ~0.5% THC-a which is converted into active THC. This doesn’t cause a mind warping “high” but it can cause mild euphoric effects, sleepiness or overall feeling of wellness or relaxation that is markedly potent than CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD oil.
CBD eLiquid Vape Pens
These battery operated e-cigarettes that heat and vaporize “e-liquid.” E-liquid usually contains CBD and a carrier liquid (Propolyene glycol, glycerine or MCT oil), and oftentimes synthetic or natural flavor compounds. These compounds are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs, within seconds.
How Often Do You Need to Take CBD?
If you have occasional or situational anxiety, you can take CBD occasionally and “as needed.” If you have chronic (daily) anxiety, you can take CBD everyday.
Many people take oral CBD twice per day: in the morning and once again in the late afternoon or evening.
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